If you’re going through some difficulties at present, we are reminded to endure, and that God’s promise will come to pass.
Sometimes getting through hard times is just holding on for a little longer, even when we feel there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, even when we feel weak and weary to the point of exhaustion – just hold on.
Remind yourself daily about God’s promise, and know that He is with you – He feels your pain, He knows your suffering, He wants to wrap His arms around you and comfort you…. so just hold on…
“Simply endure, for when you have done as God requires of you, you will receive the promise. As the prophet Habakkuk said, ‘In a little while, only a little longer, the One who is coming will come without delay.'”
Hebrews 10:36-37 [Voice]
I shared the above poster and the words below it on SPAG Magazine’s Facebook page with a few online groups. I received a response from a person who was obviously going through some terrible difficulties. She said, “Yes, but sometimes there is no light at the end of the tunnel.”
I shared with her the following personal response, which I hope may be helpful to you if you too, are going through difficulties, pain and suffering and feel like they will never end, or that there is no light at the end of the tunnel:
I’ve been there too – seven years of physical pain and resulting depression, including three years away from the support of family and friends.
What I was expecting didn’t happen – I didn’t get over the pain, as that will remain with me for life, but thankfully the depression has mostly disappeared. But the light at the end of the tunnel wasn’t what I expected at all. I thought I’d be better, that I’d ‘get back to normal,’ and that didn’t happen.
It was towards the end of this period when God spoke to me through some Bible verses, where He gave a command to the Israelites to allow the fields to sit fallow for a year to rest and recuperate. I came to understand that God was telling me that it was time for me to rest and recuperate – but it had taken almost seven years.
And it was at that same time, due to a significant reduction in house prices in my old home town, I was able to sell up and move even closer to where my family and friends were. I’d had to move away initially, because I couldn’t afford to live there when house prices were too high. I’ve been back here a year now, and I’m starting to regain contentment.
Sometimes we expect everything to go back to the way it was, and when that doesn’t happen we may not recognise that we’ve come to the end of the tunnel – just at a different place. When we EXPECT things to be the same, we can allow ourselves to become discouraged and maybe even angry. We can allow ourselves instead to focus on what has changed or how things are more difficult now. While I hate to admit it, I also indulged in quite a bit of self-pity.
I can no longer work due to physical limitations and pain (and consequent lack of sleep.) which impacts on many areas of my life. But even in these difficulties and strange new circumstances, I just tried to keep holding on, even when it was confusing, even when I felt angry, even when I felt that God wasn’t listening, or that He didn’t understand.
Sometimes God allows us to go through terrible circumstances to stretch and strengthen our faith. It’s certainly not a pleasant part of the journey, but if God desires us to go through it, He must think it’s necessary for us to do so. It all may seem so terribly unfair, but I had to ask myself, “Who am I to question what God thinks is best for me? Do I really have the right to say to God, “No! Stop! I’ve had enough!'”?”
May I encourage you to seek God’s wisdom to enable you to see the light more clearly. Are things going to be different to the way they were before? If so, how can you come to terms with that? Are you feeling upset and angry with God? Are you holding onto that anger? Have you asked Him to help you find joy and purpose in these new circumstances?
I would urge you to pray daily to be able to let go of what you were expecting and to help you to be more accepting of this new period of your life. Focus on finding joy in the little things, because they are often the way to bringing us healing and contentment in our circumstances.
Pray that He will help you find purpose in your changed circumstances and that God can use you and your experiences to help others along the way – after all this journey we are on, is supposed to be about others and not ourselves isn’t it? I know from personal experience that it’s hard to understand that, because when we are suffering, our pain (whether physical, mental and/or emotional) can often seem to be the loudest or the only voice in our heads.
God bless you – I pray that as you continue in your walk, that you will sense His presence at your side, and that you can let go of your expectations and instead, ask God to bring you into your new circumstances with a changed and renewed heart and spirit.
“… let me leave you with a blessing: May peace and love with faith be yours from God the Father and the Lord Jesus the Anointed. May His grace surround all who love our Lord Jesus the Anointed with a never-ending love.”